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On This Day In 2005


On this day in 2005, Dan received an unusual parcel. No, you’re not reading the same post twice… this is not a fault… just deja vu! Continue reading

On This Day In 1999


It’s 12 years to the day since Dan first downloaded a copy of The Matrix, whose massive 1.4GB bulk ate up virtually all of his spare hard drive space. How quickly these things become obsolete. Continue reading

Idiocy Repeats Itself

Dan rushes down three flights of stairs to the meeting room where there’s free food left over, slips on the stairs, and… hang on: haven’t we seen this blog post before, back in 2009? Continue reading

The Final Hours


It’s Dan’s final day working for SmartData: on Monday, he starts his new job at the Bodleian Library. As I’m sure you might have guessed, he has a nice, relaxing weekend planned between the two… Continue reading

On This Day in 2002 (New Job!)

Dan looks back to 2002, when he began working for SmartData. Now, nine years on, he’s planning to move on to his next job, with the Bodleian Libraries in Oxford! Continue reading

Hectic (so let’s look at Paul, instead of writing a proper blog post)

Between SmartData work, Three Rings work, freelance work, strange new bits of voluntary work, and the rapidly-looming wedding between Ruth & JTA (along with handling all of the crises that come with that, like the two mentioned on the wedding blog and the threat of… Continue reading

Right Feature, Wrong Project

Since I’ve been working from home, things with my “day job” at SmartData have ticked along pretty much the same as they ever did before. But once in a while, something goes wrong. Like this. I checked my instant messenger, and saw a bit of… Continue reading

Working From Home

The phone rings. It’s clear to me by the sound it makes and by the image on it’s display that this is a business call. “Good morning, SmartData; Dan speaking,” I say. The caller identifies themselves, and asks to speak to Alex, another SmartData employee.… Continue reading

Kiwi Evolution

A discussion at SmartData this morning: Dan: (eating a kiwi fruit) So why are kiwis hairy? Gareth: To give insects something to cling onto? Dan: Like “kiwi headlice”? But to what purpose? How does that benefit the plant? Gareth: Well, then maybe it’s to make… Continue reading

What Does This Bug Report Mean?

A bug report just came in from a client I’m responsible for at work. It reads: …Main menu – home page – The ‘g’ of outstanding debts is permanently underlined. Correct. I’m not even sure what this message means. It looks like the client is… Continue reading